Research as core competency
It is mainly universities, and not universities of applied sciences, that are engaged in research. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is an exception to this rule and is counted among those universities of applied sciences in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg who place great emphasis on research. HsKA focuses on applied research and development, therefore it is officially identified as one of our university's strategic aims.
An increasing number of research activities at HsKA is organized by a central research institute – the Center of Applied Research (CAR).
Another unrivalled asset is the possibility to carry out supervised doctoral projects, e.g. at one of the two joint graduate schools with the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), or, in individual cases, in co-operation with a HsKA partner university.
The reciprocal stimulation of research and higher education, as well as an intense dialogue with the industry, does not only strengthen the university's profile but also guarantees that graduates are highly educated and well qualified for the job market, even at an international level.
The research profile of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is determined by three interdisciplinary research priorities. Each priority is covered by several institutes and is the first contact especially for small and medium-sized enterprises who are interested in research in this particular subject. The research priorities of HsKA are included in the Research Map published by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz HRK (German Rectors' Conference).
Energy, mobility, and infrastructure
This subject area focuses on the efficiency of energy and resources with regard to buildings, infrastructure, vehicles, and mobility. The topics of research include sustainable forms of mobility, design and maintenance of infrastructure, vehicle diagnosis and safety, water treatment, as well as heating and air conditioning. This research priority is covered by the Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, and Environmental Engineering (IKKU), the Institute of Energy Efficient Mobility (IEEM), and the Institute for Transport Systems and Infrastructure (IVI).
This area comprises research of processes, machine vision, analytics, autonomous vehicles, navigation, mapping, geo-monitoring, as well as systems of mobility, added value and learning by using machine learning, inference, semantic models, sensor systems, human-system interaction, social technology, learning analytics, and instructional design. The following units take part in this field of research: Institute for Learning and Innovation in Networks (ILIN), Institut für Sensorik und Informationssysteme (ISIS), Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems (IUMS), Institute Intelligent Systems Research Group (ISRG), Forschungsgruppe Geomatik FGG (Geomatics Research Group), and the Institute for Computers in Education (ICe).
Materials and Processes
This priority focusses on researching new modeling and simulation techniques for high-performance materials and on developing new methods of production for components in the areas of biomedical engineering, aeronautical engineering, and aerospace engineering. Research is carried out at the Institute for Digital Materials Science (IDM) and at the Institute of Materials und Processes (IMP).